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Flat Panels are ruining my life.
No place is sacred.

 1:05 am on Dec 31, 2005 (gmt 0)

Even before the flat panel, we got used to seeing TVs showing streaming ads in various locations... Pubs, Restaurants, the odd one hanging off a wall in a mall.

But with flat panels, they're everywhere, and I can't get any peace AT ALL. Huge multi-panel displays lining the walls of stores, malls, restaurants, pubs. The old "one TV on an arm sticking out of the wall" was something you could visually ignore, but these massive moving wall-papers can't be avoided.

Driving home the other day, I saw a car dealership had created an outdoor billboard of flat panels. Bad enough. Even worse was that A) It appeared very suddenly from behind a building as I rounded a corner and B) It was night, and this sign was BRIGHT.

The overall effect - cars swerving noticably as they rounded the corner. Not just me that nearly ditched the car. I was almost relieved that I wasn't the only one caught off guard.

That sign is downright dangerous.

But it isn't the worst I've seen.

The worst, absolute worst I've seen... Is at one of our local malls, where in the mens washroom, each urinal has its own, personal, flat panel. With directional speakers. Just so that you get the full effect of blaring rock-music ads, bombastic noisy video game ads, and on and on...

Is nothing sacred? Can't I at least pee in peace?



 1:17 am on Dec 31, 2005 (gmt 0)

outdoor billboard of flat panels

thought those were illegal?


if they started running "suggestive" on the more personal ones you really would have a problem ..;)

what do the girls get in theirs ..are they on the backs of the doors?


 3:04 am on Dec 31, 2005 (gmt 0)

thought those were illegal?

So did I... Regardless, I'm gonna type myself into a fury writing up complaints to city hall and the car dealership and the auto company behind the car dealership.

if they started running "suggestive" on the more personal ones you really would have a problem ..;)

"Suggestive," I think, is the definition of the modern video game.


 8:55 am on Dec 31, 2005 (gmt 0)

what do the girls get in theirs . - ill take a look


 12:41 am on Jan 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

When I was in the bathroom at N9NE, the steakhouse at The Palms in Las Vegas, in the women's stalls on the tv...basketball. I guess everyone gets the same station.


 7:57 am on Jan 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

This brings me to think of my friendly next door neighbour: Tim Hortons.

flat panels in the store, advertising the very food thats right under your nose as you order. They get you into their store, and just keep on advertising and slamming you with imagery of their products, when really you could look at the real thing - that is closer to you than the flat panel!

I suppose it makes sense, as there is usually a long line, and there are plenty of wandering eyes to capture. Perhaps it convinces the customers to purchase even more than they originally intended. For me, I walk in wanting a blueberry muffin. Then I see the pretty screens advertising the Boston Cream Donut... uh oh.. confusion.. oh crap, which do i want?
I'm a stuttering mess trying to make up my mind by the time reach the counter! :P

I look out my apartment window and I can almost see the flat panel thats on the outside of the building, so that those lined up in their vehicles for the drive-through can go through the same process.

Still haven't decided if I'm a fan of all this or not.


 2:10 am on Jan 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

oh, I've decided. It's evil, big or small.

There is a company locally that manufactures enormous outdoor video panels. Imagine: they're like an RBG grid where every pixel is 3 60W light bulbs in R G and B. We're talking Jumbotron. They have one installed right beside one of the busiest highway ramps in Cambridge.

Tim's has them in the drive-through lane now. It's a looped video of hand models pouring coffee and pouring molten glaze over a pile of cinnamon pastries. There is hardly a bar or pub that doesn't have some kind of advertising in front of the urinals.

I should get some of those hooked into an intranet, and sell cheap text ads above urinals. What would I call it?

I could weight the ads based on the quality of the landing urinal puck.

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